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sanral thumb100 Fin24 reports that two top officials of the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) remain suspended on full pay after more than six months without being afforded a disciplinary hearing.

Inge Mulder, chief financial officer, and Inba Thumbrian, head of supply chain management, are career civil servants with clean service records. Sanral said in August that the two had failed to implement a resolution of the Sanral board which requires that in tenders above R1 billion, the consulting engineering firm that designs the tender document must not be included in the tender evaluation. This is an unusual deviation from standard practice, but Sanral insists it is best practice. However, because the design of a tender for a large project requires detailed technical work, the consulting engineer who designs the specs is usually part of the technical team in evaluating the bids, as he or she is most familiar with the technical requirements. Sanral management did not apply the board resolution to three megaprojects in 2022, including the Mtentu Bridge in the Eastern Cape. This caused the Sanral board to cancel all three tender awards and begin again. A new tendering process led to completely different winners.

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Carol Paton at Fin24

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